Lisa McKinney

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While the House and Senate have been grappling with updating the No Child Left Behind law since 2007, it has become apparent to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that the states have grown weary with the federally driven systems for holding schools accountable for student performance. Setting goals and timelines for academic progress will be at the forefront of state leaders’ minds in 2016 as progress continues on updating the main federal K-12 education law. ...

Most of the country lost an hour of sleep as clocks sprung forward Sunday, March 13 for daylight saving time. Some states are looking to opt out of the practice, insisting that the downsides outweigh the benefits.

While Americans have shown an increased willingness to recycle paper goods, cans and bottles in recent years, recycling rates for toxic or hazardous products such as batteries and electronics are lagging behind. But states are ramping up efforts to change that. That’s according to Chaz Miller, director of policy and advocacy for the National Association of Waste and Recycling, who discussed emerging issues in product stewardship laws in the states and shared lessons learned from successful programs at a Feb. 2 CSG eCademy webcast, “Managing Solid Waste through Product Stewardship Laws.”

Food safety in restaurants made headlines last year when E. Coli outbreaks linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill sickened 60 people in 14 states. All Chipotle restaurant locations closed until 3 p.m. Feb. 8, 2016, for an all-staff food safety meeting that was broadcast live. Preventing and controlling foodborne illness outbreaks is a collaborative effort between local and state health departments and federal agencies. 

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably seen those ubiquitous advertisements for daily fantasy sports websites ramp up with Super Bowl 50 fast approaching. As these websites’ popularity surges, state officials have to contend with the uncharted legal territory that surrounds their operations.

Seventeen percent of Tennessee’s population is considered food insecure and in need of food assistance. Members of The Council of State Governments gathered at the culmination of the 2015 CSG National Conference Dec. 13 in Nashville, Tenn. to help address the need in the Volunteer State as part of the CSG Campaign Against Hunger initiative.

Civics education is the first step towards creating engaged citizens and effective public leaders for the future. Experts and policymakers gathered at the Civics Education in the States session sponsored by the CSG Federalism Task Force Dec. 12 during the 2015 CSG National Conference in Nashville, Tenn., to discuss how states are, and are not, teaching future generations about how the government works and the roles and powers of state and federal governments.

As health care costs continue to rise and the future of the federal government’s Medicaid matching formula is made uncertain by the upcoming election, states are looking for innovative ways to improve health care outcomes while controlling costs. Possible solutions and promising programs were presented at the Getting More Bang for the Buck session Dec. 11 at the 2015 CSG National Conference.

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